Greg Gard

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Greg Gard
Greg Gard 2016.jpg
Gard in February 2016
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Record80–47 (.630)
Annual salary$2.25 million
Biographical details
Born (1970-12-03) December 3, 1970 (age 48)
Cobb, Wisconsin
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Platteville
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1993Southwestern HS (assistant)
1993–1994Platteville HS (assistant)
1993–1999Wisconsin–Platteville (assistant)
1999–2001Milwaukee (assistant)
2001–2008Wisconsin (assistant)
2008–2015Wisconsin (associate HC)
Head coaching record
Overall80–47 (.630)
Tournaments4–3 (NCAA Division I)
Accomplishments and honors
Jim Phelan Award (2016)

Gregory Glen Gard (born December 3, 1970) is an American college basketball coach for the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team. Gard took over on December 15, 2015, after Bo Ryan announced his retirement as head coach of the Badgers.

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coach[edit]

On December 15, 2015, Gard was announced as the interim head coach after Bo Ryan announced his retirement following the Badgers win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi.[1] Gard had been Ryan's longest-serving assistant, having coached together for 23 years at the time of the transition.[1] They had coached together at three schools—Gard's alma mater of Wisconsin–Platteville, where he had played on the varsity baseball team as a freshman;[2] Milwaukee; and Wisconsin.[3] In the process, Gard became one of the most respected assistant coaches in the college game.[1][3][4]

Head coach[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

After Gard took over in the 2015-2016 season, the team stumbled, winning just two of their next seven games, with an overall record of 9-9 at that point. However the team's turnaround started with an upset over #4 Michigan State and won 11 of the next 13 games to finish out the regular season tied for third in the Big Ten with an overall record of 20–11 (12–6 in the Big Ten). Following the end of the regular season, on March 7, 2016, Wisconsin removed the interim tag and Gard was promoted to head coach of the Badgers.[5] Wisconsin received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they beat #10 seeded Pittsburgh in the first round. Wisconsin defeated #2 seeded Xavier by a 3-point buzzer beater from Bronson Koenig in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16. However they lost to #6 seeded Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. After the season ended Gard was named the 2016 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Wisconsin 15–8 12–6 T–3rd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2016–17 Wisconsin 27–10 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2017–18 Wisconsin 15–18 7–11 9th
2018–19 Wisconsin 23–11 14–6 4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2019–20 Wisconsin 0–0 0–0
Wisconsin: 80–47 (.630) 45–29 (.608)
Total: 80–47 (.630)


  1. ^ a b c Vecenie, Sam (December 16, 2015). "Who is Greg Gard? 3 things to know on Bo Ryan's successor at Wisconsin". CBS Sports. CBS Sports. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Moss, Tony (March 19, 2019). "Ranking 2019 NCAA tournament coaches as players, 1-68". Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Axe, Brent (December 16, 2015). "Bo Ryan's retirement at Wisconsin gives Greg Gard a chance to be Mike Hopkins". Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "2015–16 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff: Greg Gard". University of Wisconsin–Madison. December 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Unk, Unk (March 7, 2016). "Wisconsin removes 'interim' tag, names Greg Gard coach". Yahoo Sports. AP. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Badgers men's basketball: Greg Gard named Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year".

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